By Rich Tandler
We’re cranking up the NFL offseason and there are always surprise twists and turns especially when you follow the Washington Redskins. While we should expect the unexpected and we know that a lot will happen, there are some things that just aren’t going to happen.
I have people run some crazy talk by me every once in a while and instead of trying to fit the explanations as to why there is zero chance of a certain player lining up for the 2012 Redskins into 140 characters I’ll talk about it here.
Drew Brees—This crazy talk started when Plaxico Burress talked to a local radio station last week and speculated that the NFL’s offensive player of the year would play in Washington in 2012. Then fuel was added to the fire when it was reported that Brees’ agent said that he was “baffled” by the how slowly contract negotiations with the saints are going. Yes, Brees’ contract is up and he is on the list of unrestricted free agents but there is precisely zero chance that he will play for the Redskins or any other team besides the New Orleans Saints. If they can’t reach agreement on a new contract the Saints will put the franchise tag on Brees. In theory they could trade Brees under the tag but nobody trades away great quarterbacks.
Andrew Luck—Since Colts owner Jim Irsay has said that he will take either Luck or Robert Griffin III with the first pick of the draft to succeed Peyton Manning, some think that Luck might be available with the Rams’ pick, the second overall, and that the Redskins could trade up to get him. Others believe that Irsay will hold an auction for the top spot in the draft. It’s all speculation and fantasy. The Colts will take Luck and there is no way they will be tempted to trade away the chance to take the player who virtually everyone believes is a lock to be the NFL’s next great quarterback.
Sam Bradford—Some have theorized that since Bradford did not have a great 2011 season the Rams may dump him after two seasons and take Griffin with the second pick in the draft. The notion that Jeff Fisher would eat the enormous salary cap hit and trade Bradford to the Redskins for their first-round pick is silly. Fisher went to the Rams in large part because of Bradford and he’s not going to jettison a promising QB with two seasons under his belt in favor of a raw rookie.
Trent Richardson—The Alabama running back almost certainly will be available when the Redskins pick at No. 6 and depending on how things shake out at the combine and workouts he could well be the best player available there. But there is zero chance that the Redskins will draft Richardson. The Redskins drafted two running backs last year and both Roy Helu and Evan Royster showed promise. Even if they don’t re-sign Tim Hightower, who was leading the team in rushing before suffering a season-ending knee injury, the Redskins have far too may needs to use such a high draft pick on a position that already has depth.